ATLANTA – The Georgia Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution for a man set to die by lethal injection Tuesday night.

J.W. Ledford, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.

Ledford, now 45, was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in northwest Georgia.

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On Monday, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Ledford.

Ledford's lawyers asked the parole board to spare his life, citing a rough childhood, substance abuse from an early age and intellectual disability.

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